On this page, we will try to help you find out the products to use on your dog.
These advices are not applicable to every dog of each breed. Every dog has its own peculiar
coat and texture. You might have to try different Laser Lites products before you find out
which one gives you this exceptional finish. We strongly recomand you observe the
dilution rates...this is a must if you want Laser Lites to work for you. Excess product
will not give you the result you are looking for.
Laser Lites has been developed to help you through the grooming process and
maintenance of your dog's coat. Remember, you need to take care regularly of the coat if
you want it to remain healthy and long. Laser Lites does a lot but not miracles...well
.... sometimes it
For long coated breeds in Mattless, a bath every week should be enough to
keep the coat in good condition with no matts.
Due to the PH balance of all Laser Lites shampoos and conditioners you are able to use them in the concentrated form without fear of harm to animal's skin or coat.
We have tried many good products but never had
the results as we gets by using Laser Lites. If you have MANY DOGS to get ready for a dog show,
Laser Lites is the ONLY product you can use 2 - 3 days before the show and still have
this beautifull freshly groomed aspect. at the show (If you keep your dog
clean ofcourse). Feel free
to ask any question, we will be very pleased to help you.
|Short to Medium Length Coat:
Breeds: Beagle, Boxer, Chihuahua Smoth Coat, Corgi, Doberman, Fox Terrier Smoth, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Italian Greyhound, Labrador, German Shorthaired Pointer and Whippet.
The majority of breeds in this group call for a smooth texture where each hair can be easily defined by eye. They should feel slick to the touch with a natural lustre.
If the coat is in good condition then shampoo with any of the following: Stripping, Lanolin, Herbal or Duo 2 in 1 Shampoo. It is recomended that you use Stripping Shampoo at least every 6-8 weeks to ensure that the coat remains free of build up. A coat displaying excess build up will look dull and fluffy. You should shampoo coat twice ensuring that you rinse all shampoo thoroughly from the coat.
It is recommended
that you condition th coat with any of the following: Balsam or Lanolin mixed with 1 cap of Silk for extra shine and smoothness. Rinse coat leaving just a touch of conditioner.
If the coat is in the excelent condition and you have used Duo 2 in 1 Shampoo you may not need further conditioning.
On show day we recommended either Liquid Diamonds or Show Spray. These can be applied using your favourite grooming mitt with preference given to pure sheepskin mitts.
Many of the breeds in this category are not bathed every week. If bathing these breeds it is recommended that the show bath procedures be followed. When you are not completely bathing your dog you can use which is a waterless shampoo. This type of shampoo is designed not to be rinsed off. Simply spray Dry Kleen onto the coat and place a warm damp towel over the animal. This will lift the dirt, grime and smell from the coat leaving a fresh scent. Follow this procedure once or twice until the coat has returned to the desired state.
Maintenance bathing of these breeds should be similat to that of show bathing however use of Go Straight and Volume Plus would not be necessary when not attending a show. One of the main problems associated with feathered coats is the staining from urine. We recommend using Dry Kleen daily to cleanse urine and other stain producing substances from the coat. After spraying Dry Kleen onto the coat simply wipe with a dry cloth and blow dry. If staining is already present see Whiten Up and No More Stains informations.
Medium length body coat with feathering on legs, undercarriage and tail.
Breeds: Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Borzoi, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, Dachshund Long Hair, Japanese Chin, Papillion, Saluki.
The majority of this category calls for a medium length straight body coat with long soft feathering. there should not be a discernable difference where the straight body coat mingles with the feathering.
If the coat is in good condition then shampoo with Lanolin or Herbal Shampoo. It is recomended that you use Stripping Shampoo at least every 6-8 weeks to ensure that the coat remains free of build up. A coat displaying excess build up will look dull and appear in poor condition. Brushing of the feathering may become difficult with the brush or comb appearing to drag during grooming. You should shampoo coat twice ensuring that you rinse all shampoo thoroughly from the coat.
Depending on the condition of the coat you should condition using Balsam or Lanolin Conditioner. Rince the conditioner thoroughly from the coat then mix 1 capful of Silk with up to 5 Litres of warm water and pour this over the coat. Do not rinse out. Dry as normal.
Many of the breeds in this category suffer from a curly top coat. If this is a problem in your breed we recommend using Go Straight on the areas where a straighter finish is required.
Another issue in this category is lack of volume of feathering. Volume Plus is an excellent conditioner which will not only give you instant results but these results will remain throughout the show day. Where extra volume is required after the initial bath day you can mix Volume Plus with warm water in a spray bottle. Spray coat lightly and re blow dry the coat.
On show day we recommend Show Spray.
When grooming dogs with feathering it is recommended that you never brush a dry coat as this can cause hair breakage. Lasern Lites Show Spray is an excellent everyday grooming spray for all breeds.
Australian, Airdale, Border, Cairn, Scottish and West Highland White Terriers, German Wire Haired Pointer, Deerhound, Irish Wolfhound and Schnauzer.
The catecory calls for a hard or harsh outer coat some with softer furnishings however the operative word in this category is harsh.
If the coat is in optimum condition and needs no extra harshness simply shampoo with Stripping Shampoo. No conditioner is necessary on show day. If the caot is a little too soft then shampoo with Stripping Shampoo with No More Stains added to increase the harsh finish.
We recommend Liquid Diamonds or Show Spray for a finishing on show day.
Many of the breeds in this Category are not bathed every week. When you are not completely bathing your dog you can use Dry Kleen which is waterless shampoo. This type of shampoo is designed not to be rinsed off. Simply spray Dry Kleen onto the coat and place a warm damp towel over the animal. This will lift the dirt, grime and smell from the coat leaving a fresh scent. We recommend that the Dry Kleen solution should be diluted and not used in the ready to use state for this category.
Staining is also an issue with this category and we recommend daily use of Dry Kleen to prevent urine and other substances from causing stains to the coat. If staining is already present see Whiten Up and No More Stains informations.
As many breeds within this category use a combination of products, including chalk powder, to enhance their furnishings on show days it is recommended that at least the furnishings are shampooed after the show. When bathing furnishings shampoo with Lanolin or Herbal Shampoo.
As furnishings are usually required to be fairly profuse then conditioning during maintenance bathing is recommended. It is recommended that you condition the coat with Balsam or Lanolin Conditioner. Conditioning furnishings brings back the elasticity to the hair and prevents breakage thus producing a more fullness to the coat.
Many of the breeds in this category are not bathed every week. If bathing these breeds it is recommended that the show bath procedures be followed. When you are not completely bathing your dog you can use Dry Kleen which is a waterless shampoo. This type of shampoo is designed not to be rinsed off. Simply spray through the coat and blow dry. This process will remove dirt as well as unwanted doggie odours.
Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Chow Chow, Elkhound, Finish Spitz, Pomeranian, Samoyed, Siberian Husky, Shiba Inu
The Breeds within this category call for a dense undercoat with a longer outer coat. These coats are required to stand off the body naturally.
This is one of the most misunderstood categories of coats. Many exhibitors believe that if they fill the coat with powders and concoctions then it will present correctly. Many exhibitors also believe that some of these breeds should never be bathed. From a judges point of view nothing could be further from the truth. Having to examine a dirty coat full of powder etc is one of the most distasteful jobs ever.
It is imperative that you get the correct crispness to the coat to produce the necessary stand off effect. If you are from the "I never bath my dog and only use powder etc." school then we suggest that you try a diluted form of Stripping Shampoo. If the coat is particularly dirty or smelly then shampoo twice. Rinse all shampoo from the coat thoroughly and dry with a not too hot dryer.
If the coat is lacking volume or not standing away from the body enough use Volume Plus either as a conditioner or mixed in a spray bottle and sprayed through the coat prior to blow drying.
There are two sprays that could be used on these breeds on show day – Liquid Diamonds or Show Spray.
|Long, Soft or Silky Coats:
Afghan Hound, American Cocker Spaniel, Australian Silky Terrier, Maltese, Yorkshire Terrier, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso and Soft Coated Wheaten
Most of these breeds are required to have a soft flowing coat where each hair is discernible. In the case of Lhasa Apso there are many that misinterpret this coat. This coat is required to be hard not harsh. Our interpretation of this coat is soft to touch however each hair is quite thick therefore giving the hard texture.
If the coat is in good condition then shampoo with Lanolin or Herbal Shampoo. It is recommended that you use Stripping Shampoo at least every 6-8- weeks to ensure that the coat remains free of build up. A coat displaying excess build up will look dull and appear in poor condition. Brushing of the coat may become difficult with the brush or comb appearing to drag during grooming. A coat displaying build up may also be prone to knotting. You should shampoo coat twice ensuring that you rinse all shampoo thoroughly from the coat. If the coat is a little dry you might try using Duo 2 in 1 Shampoo as your second shampoo.
It is recommended that you condition the coat with any of the following: Lanolin, Drape or Protein Treatment mixed with 1 cap of Silk for extra shine and smoothness. Rinse coat leaving just a touch of conditioner.
Long Silky Coat:
Breeds: Maltese, Yorkies, etc.
If the coat is damaged or need extra volume: use Protein Treatment...also if the coat is wooly. If you need to flattern the coat: use Drape as a leave-in.
If you don't need extra conditioner, a Lanolin Shampoo and Lanolin Conditioner is just fine. Always add extra Silk for the ultimate finish. On the ringside you can use Show Spray. For maintenance use a Lanolin Shampoo and Mattless Magic...to remove Mattless for the show use a Stripping Shampoo.
Long Strong Coat:
Breeds: Bearded Collies, Briard, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso and such breeds that also have an under coat.
For the show, if you need to flattern the coat, use the Lanolin Shampoo and as a leave-in, Drape with a touch of Silk.
If you need to repair a damaged coat or build up one: use Protein Treatment and add Silk. If you don't need extra conditioning just use Lanolin Shampoo and Lanolin Conditioner, add Silk. Use Show Spray at ring side to refresh the coat. For maintenance, in most cases: Mattless will work well. If your dog matts a lot then use Wow Detangler as a leave in conditioner.
Breeds: Afghans, American Cockers etc.
For the show, if you need to flattern the coat, use the Lanolin Shampoo and as a leave-in, Drape with a touch of Silk.
Finally a Lanolin Conditioner as a leave in, add Silk. If your dog has damaged hair or needs extra volume: use a Stripping Shampoo to clean deeply, followed up by a Lanolin Shampoo. As a conditioner: use Protein Treatment with a touch of Silk, don't rinse. If you need the coat to have a nice drop, use a Stripping Shampoo to clean deeply, then a Lanolin Shampoo. As a leave-in conditioner, use Drape. Finally, use Silk, diluted, as a final rinse for brightness and shiness. For maintenance, use a Lanolin Shampoo and Mattless. If your dog matts a lot, use Wow Detangler as a leave-in conditioner.
Maintenance of a dry coat:
When working with a smaller dog with a dry coat a Protein Treatment is recommended. Shampoo coat as above. Apply Protein Treatment undiluted direct to the coat using your hands to apply to the hair shaft from the skin to the ends of the coat. Work through the coat in the direction of the coat growth. Never rub the coat as this causes matting. Once the treatment has been evenly distributed through the coat then place the dog in a large plastic bag (e.g. garbage bag) and wrap in towels. The normal body heat of the dog will activate the treatment and allow the collagen to enter and repair the hair shaft. It is a good idea to take a seat and watch your favourite show on television as this process takes at least 30 minutes. After your treatment time has elapsed you should rinse the treatment totally out of the coat using tepid water to close the hair shaft down. Mix 1-5 capfuls of the Protein Treatment with one cap of Silk in approximately three liters of warm water. Place the dog in a bathing tub with a plug so that when you pour the solution over the dog you are able to capture the liquid that falls from the coat. Once you have poured the solution over the dog you may need to add warm water to the remaining solution so that you can scoop this remaining liquid continually over the body, head and tail. When you are sure this solution has been thoroughly distributed through the hair then lightly rinse the coat and blow dry as you normally would. This process will not only soften and recondition a dry coat but will also renew the elasticity of the hair.
There are three varieties of Poodles however the standards are the same only the height is varied for each type. Coat type is the same for all varieties.
Poodle coat is required to be harsh and naturally stand away from the body.
White and light coloured poodles are prone to staining from urine, dirt or grass. For effective stain removal make a mixture of shampoo with No More Stains. Make this mixture from 1 cup of shampoo mixed with the a tablespoon of No More Stains then add hot water enough to produce a paste. Be mindful that adding hot water to this mixture will cause the mixture to froth up therefore use a container that appears larger than necessary. Apply the past to the stained coat and leave for at least 15 minutes. Once this time has elapsed then shampoo coat with your shampoo of choice. As any whitening process will cause the natural oils in the coat to be removed it is recommended that you use an Protein treatment after this process.
Due to the fact that this breed calls for a harsh textured coat that will naturally stand away from the body your choice of shampoo will be dependant on the quality of your coat. If your coat is of excellent texture then you could use Herbal Shampoo. A coat that needs only a little more harshness may find that Stripping Shampoo would be most suitable. It is not advisable to condition the coat for a show day as this may cause coat to drop.
As most exhibitors choose to be re bath their dog after a show to remove sprays and additives a different regime should be adopted.
One of the most common problems incurred by Poodle exhibitors is the matting of the coat in between shows thus adding many hours to the regulat grooming schedule. The best way to alleviate this problem of matting is to soften the coat between shows.
Shampoo your dog with Stripping Shampoo to remove sprays and additives then shampoo using Lanolin Shampoo. Thoroughly rinse the coat of all shampoo. Condition using either Protein treatment or Lanolin Conditioner mixed with one to two capfuls of Silk. Ensure that this mixture is distributed throughout the coat. Do not rinse out. Dry as normal.
If you prefer to put your dogs "down in oil" then follow the maintenance shampoo instructions and replace the conditioner with Mattless Magic.